For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world
Been away from the computer for a bit so a bit of belated catching up:-
Badbark: cracking PB, you must still be chuffed with it.
Speedy: looks like your alternative plan is coming together, now you just have to get over the cold/flu and get race fit.
Frazerelli: Was at your recent parkrun race, didn't see you but then I did finish 15 minutes behind you.
Minni: any niggles from the 10k?
Fingers: Congratulations on the new arrival, and on the new house. Have you started checking out running buggies yet?
PMJ: Are you wishing you were doing VLM?
ANT: Are you in taper mode or full-on training at the moment, yours is the 27th isn't it?
Martin: still time to get over a light cold.
OO: have you got a mara planned?
Moof: To loosen off have you tried swimming? I find dodging the kids in the pool for an hour helps with freeing things up.
Lorenzo: Some places aren't worth going to.
Apologies to those that I've missed.
Made the mistake of not running on Monday night (family life got in the way, but I'm a marathon runner and I need to run) and was suffering on Tuesday when my legs were stiff and sore, I find that I run better if I run every day, rest days seem to leave me crippled.
So, hopefully, it's running every day to the marathon. Today was a harder session than intended and ended up as 9 mile at MP, because sundays MP work was tantalisingly inconclusive.
Session today came out at 7:01mm pace for a HR about 10 beats below previous marathon HR figures. Sadly I don't think my legs could stand that pace for 3 hours, so it confirms my thoughts that 3:10 is the target and it's 7:15mm pace all the way.
Poacher Looking forward to seeing the outfit, I think.
4 miles recovery today. Felt the glute all the way around. Hopefully a sign of improvement. Got a tempo run tomorrow, if glute is tight I will try at least for PMP and see how painful that is.
Had some needles stuck in my arm/shoulder today, officially called dry needling rather than acupuncture, it seemed to help. Physio saying an op may be necessary, made an appointment with the doctor for Monday to get a second opinion.
Scooby - I had some Dry Needling done on my calf last year a couple of days before Wales Marathon. I hobbled in, and came out walking normally. If it turns out to be placebo, it worked for me!
Moof & OGL, believe it or not I've also got sore glutes, and what feels like a trapped nerve in my lower back- it's more of an issue when I stand rather than run. Nothing too serious but I'm having a rest day and will be on the foam roller tonight.
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Some ways yes, others no. I have just done my first full month training (200 miles+) since last March so I am not in marathon form and certainly it has been easier to get back bit by bit without having a looming goal but also there is so much excitement round that it is hard not to get swept along with it. 46 miles in the USA so far in 4 days so not bad for a heavy eating trip.
Not brilliant news this end. Having felt pretty ok by Saturday afternoon I attempted an easy 4 miler on Sunday; didn't feel great that afternoon/Monday morning and cough has been getting steadily worse since. I still feel knackered and although I'm not coughing up much gunk, I am coughing up some, so currently not fit to run. Unless I turn a corner soon the best marathon training I have ever done in my life is going down the drain. Arse.
Sorry to go offline for a few days and then return with a 'me, me, me' post, but (a) have been busy and (b) am drowning in self-pity.
Better this week than next Jools - hope it clears in the next few days.
Glutes fine here but the right calf is a bit tight. It's been like that for a while so not a big issue but it would be nice to get rid of the tightness before the day. Sports massage on Saturday and icing will hopefully do the trick.
9 miles at MP sounds a bit hard this close OGL
4 miles recovey today - hardly worth getting the trainers on for but that's what the schedule said. That's only 16 miles of recovery running in 3 days - feels like I haven't done proper training for weeks
Any of you who aren't currently ill, for God's sake stay away from EVERYBODY! Day 20 of coughing here. It's a nasty one, don't get it or I'll have no-one left to cheer on.
Bald spice??? Sparkly top hat? I certainly won't miss you going past Poacher!
Jools - Time to recover- stay positive.
Poacher - What start you on - look forwasrd to seeing you in your outfit. Wear a carnation so I can recognise you
15 miles which turned out to be s slow death msrch on monday with a break yesterday and 6 tonight. Ready for the taper.
We same to have 2 camps, the sick and the injured. I'm hoping there are some fit people out there too. Joolska, terrible news but I also feel you have a good chance to recover. I often run really well coming out of flu so lets cross eveything and hope that it's not a Speedy style mega bug.
I gave my arse a good pummelling with the foam roller tonight, it feels like a prime tender lamb chop now . I know this niggle will not beat me but remain conservative at 3:05 as a forecast.
Jools Positive thoughts being sent your way.
Hoping all our arses become slack next week
Jools - as others have said, keep the faith and feel the vibes. The collective positive energy will get you to the start line; you deserve to be there.
Updated list as per LB70's request.
Mennania:28067 Clic Sargent top with Johnny written on it - Sub 3:00 Lorenzo: 29916 (not sure what colour vest yet) A: sub-3:10; B: 3:13:22(PB); C: 3:15 Minni: 29900 Green and Purple Vest, A: sub 3:15; B: 3:17, C: 3:20Poacher 29616. red/white/blue dress, time 3.14-3.25 but not bothered
Badbark – 28126, White headband, white and black vest and shorts. Yellow shoes. A sub 3:00, B sub 3:09:57 for a PB, C sub 3:15 for GFA
LB70 - 36759 Children with Cancer UK vest with Lee printed on the front and blue shorts. Sub 3:15
RED GFAmoof- 32394, blue vest with nick on the front and moof on the back, A; sub 2.55, B; sub 3, C; Best effort.Martin: 32179. fairy. 2.55 or GFA
BLUERFJ 5373 black fetch vest and fetch buff or Andover AC vest (Blue and white stripes) with red shorts
SCREAMING, WHOOPING, HOLLERING SPECTATORSSpeedy - Fetch mile 22PMJ - drinks station mile 23
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